Our host in Amsterdam was out of the country so his friend Carlos checked us in. He was cheerful and very helpful with directions on getting from the Amsterdam Central Station to the apartment - even meeting us at the nearest tram stop and leading us to the front door. We were running late, and it was his birthday, but he did a great job of giving us a tour of the apartment and some local information before rushing off. That was the end of any further five star experiences with this particular Airbnb. Here is the listing: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/664904
|The picture on the website that led us to believe we were staying in the black house.|
|Our actual front door across the street.|
The apartment itself was very nice and did in fact, look like the pictures in the listing (however the washer and dryer in the picture are not connected - nor is the dishwasher) There were a few other things that didn’t work, including the oven, but when we contacted him about the few things that would make a difference in our two week stay he showed zero interest in fixing them. And he reminded us that he is not “running a hotel” and we shouldn’t get used to the service we received from Carlos - that was apparently out of the ordinary. On top of that, our host admitted in an email that he uses a fake name for the listing for reasons that could only be explained by someone who is an expert in analyzing paranoia.
We have met so many wonderful hosts over the three years that it was inevitable that we’d get a clunker at some point, and we did. But as we always remind ourselves, “it is not what happens to you that is important, but it’s how you respond to it.” And the knowledge that we had other great Airbnbs booked down the road helped, too. So there you go. I got it off my chest and I feel better for it.
Our goal in Amsterdam was to enjoy a city we love - a city we have now visited three times and always find new and interesting things to discover. We also needed time to finish the manuscript for the book so that’s why we parked here for two weeks. The good news is we had a great time and we finished on deadline. Whew!
|Opening day of the European Athletic Championships. I am in heaven! I got to watch Yuliya Stepanova, the Russian athlete "whistle blower" compete. She started the whole Russian doping scandal fiasco - a story I follow it closely.|
|Frightening thought by Bansky - it could be a Trump campaign poster!|
|Seems I am always running into Lenin. This one courtesy of Andy Warhol.|
|Debbie had a long morning at the Rjiksmuseum. That was her version of heaven.|
|Her favorite portrait in the musuem - the original "spoiled, fat baby child" as she likes to call some people.|
|Not the best photo - but certainly some of the best people we know, Jan and Disiree.|
|A nice afternoon with Gregoire that including a walking tour of the city.|
|The playroom in our next airbnb - it only looked like this for about five minutes after we arrived!|
|Colette getting the swing of things!|
|Marcel on patrol. Look out Mooma he's coming for you!|
|What a tidy two year old! Jacques enjoying his ice cream all by himself.|
|Any time is snack time! We had such a great time with these munchkins!|
|I am glad we had this bike to use! I made many trips to the park with Debs and Jacques joining on foot.|
|Paperwork patience, and Paypal gets you Visa every time! We're goin' to Belarus.|
So far we haven’t been enticed - which seems odd for Senior Nomads.
Media interest in our journey continues and while we were in the Netherlands an online news site called Business Insider ran a story about us. Here is a link - Business Insider The editor liked the first story enough to ask us to write an article for them with tips on how we stay within our budget. Here is a link to that story Business Insider. Every time we have an interview or write about ourselves, including the book, we have a “pinch me” moment were we can’t believe we have been so blessed that we can live this crazy Senior Nomad life. We don't take it for granted.
|Flowers for the lovely Mrs. Campbell. We are so blessed.|
|Good bye for now ...|
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